Adding Energy & Water Efficiency Fields to San Diego's MLS

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As members of the San Diego real estate community, we understand that:

  • Solar panels and third party "green" certifications add value to homes and reduce time on the market
    • California homes labeled or certified by ENERGY STAR, LEED for Homes, GreenPoint Rated sell for a 9% premium over comparable, non-labeled homes, according to a 2012 study conducted by UC Berkeley and UCLA.
    • In Portland, certified homes earned a 3-5% premium and spent 18 fewer days on the market.
  • Home buyers are demanding energy efficient features and information on energy costs
    • According to NAR's 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers:
      • Energy-efficient appliances are somewhat or very important to 68% of buyers
      • Heating and cooling costs are somewhat or very important to 86% of buyers
  • San Diegans are concerned about water conservation
    • According to the San Diego County Water Authority's 2015 water issues public opinion poll, 87% of survey respondents said it is a civic duty to use water efficiently
  • The San Diego region is a leading adopter of electric vehicles, driving demand for home charging capabilities
    • 10,800 plug-in electric vehicles were registered by San Diego County residents between March 2010 and May 2015, according to estimates based on Clean Vehicle Rebate Project data.
  • There is a large and growing stock of housing in the San Diego region that has undergone water/energy efficiency improvements
    • Nearly 4,000 residential energy efficiency, water efficiency and solar projects have been financed by PACE programs in the San Diego region since 2014.
  • Making energy and water efficiency features searchable in the MLS makes it easier to market, identify, compare, and appraise homes with these features.  Many appraisers rely on MLS data to calculate a property's value.

Therefore, we support the incorporation of the following energy and water efficiency fields in the San Diego Regional MLS.

  • DOE Home Energy Score
  • ENERGY STAR® New Home
  • EPA Indoor airPLUS
  • EPA WaterSense®
  • GreenPoint Rated
  • Home Energy Rating System (HERS)
  • LEED Certification
  • Utility Bills
  • Bike Storage or Racks
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Available
  • Whole House Fan
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • ENERGY STAR® Central Forced Air
  • ENERGY STAR® Heat Pump
  • Programmable Thermostat
  • ENERGY STAR® Wall/Window AC
  • Battery Energy Storage
  • ENERGY STAR® Dishwasher
  • ENERGY STAR® Dryer
  • Dual-Flush Toilets
  • Low Flow Faucet
  • Pool Cover
  • ENERGY STAR® Refrigerator
  • Solar Light Tubes
  • Solar PV Owned
  • Solar PV Leased
  • Solar PV Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
  • ENERGY STAR® Washer
  • WaterSense® Showerhead
  • ENERGY STAR® Forced Air Unit
  • Drought Tolerant Landscape
  • Grey Water System
  • Rainwater Collection System
  • WaterSense® Irrigation Controllers
  • Recirculating Hot Water


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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.